PLAY'S THE THING : Making Educational Activities Fun Is the Name of the Game for These Summer Programs

Rick VanderKnyff is a free-lance writer who regularly contributes to The Times Orange County Edition.

Three instructors from the Orange County Marine Institute sat on a dock on Dana Point Harbor, one fiddling with a pair of joysticks and staring into a video screen, the others peering into the murky water below. Cruising somewhere down there--no one was sure exactly where--was the institute's latest technological gadget.

With only a compass and depth gauge on the video screen to navigate by, institute staff guided the ROV (Remote Operated underwater Vehicle)--a self-propelled little yellow submarine with a built-in video camera--over rocks and around pier pilings. One instructor likened it to a "big video game."

While most owners take an extensive course in operating the ROV, instructors at the Marine Institute (which received the expensive machine as a donation) are busy teaching themselves how to use it. They plan to be proficient in time to incorporate the machine into the institute's floating lab for summer and the series of weeklong Sea Adventure Camps for kids.

Offerings at the institute are among dozens of youth programs that will be available throughout the county in the months ahead. As with many of these programs, the institute aims to educate as it entertains.

The ROV adds a new dimension to the floating lab, the centerpiece of the institute's program. Connected to the video monitor with a lengthy electrical umbilical-like cord, the unit can descend 500 feet, sending pictures of the briny deep back to the boat. The floating lab already uses a trawl net to collect specimens on its educational outings, for on-board study, but the ROV will provide a broader look at bottom-dwelling plants and animals.

Also, as institute associate director Harry Helling pointed out, the ROV is a "passive" (less destructive) way of investigating the fragile marine environment.

In addition to a voyage aboard the floating lab (for the older kids, 8 to 13), the institute's sea camps incorporate a range of sea-reated activities, from exploring tide pools to studying specimens in the lab, that offer a firsthand look at the sea and its creatures.

The range of summer day camps in Orange County includes everything from science and nature-oriented offerings, such as the Marine Institute's programs, to writing workshops (UC Irvine) and art courses (Irvine Fine Arts Center). Sports camps are popular, and Camp Frasier (on the site of the old Lion Country Safari in Irvine) offers everything from go-carts to water slides.

Many camps, though, aim to educate first, entertain second.

"It is designed to be an educational program. It's not just a place for people to dump off their kids," said Kent Yamaguchi, who directs summer activities at the Santa Ana Zoo. "We're trying to get them excited about learning, and especially learning about science, in the fun setting of the zoo. Our main goal is to really instill that sense of wonder about the animal world."

Yamaguchi noted that education-oriented summer camps have taken on a more vital role in recent years, as schools have scaled back on field trips in the face of shrinking budgets.

"Children are getting much less of a chance to actually go on field trips," said Yamaguchi.

The summer Zoo Camps are "a good experience for a lot of them, that they might not get during the school year," he added.

"We are able to teach kids a lot about the ocean, but we do it in a relaxed and fun way," said Helling.

A perfect example of that may be the Marine Institute's newest summer offering, the Surf Science Camp, which gives kids ages 13 to 15 an introduction to surfing while also teaching about everything from wave mechanics to the animals that live in the surf zone.

Each day of the weeklong camp includes a one-hour lab in addition to three hours in the water, and the teachers, according to the brochure, are "biologists who love to surf." Rather than concentrate solely on the skill of surfing, the course is designed to give students a "deeper understanding" of the sea, Helling said. "It's a more holistic way of teaching about the ocean."

At Oak Canyon Nature Center in Anaheim Hills, the annual Indian Summer program has traditionally filled up soon after registration begins. And now that the city of Anaheim has had to discontinue another summer day-camp program because of budget cuts, and the number of sessions Oak Canyon offers has been reduced because of year-round school, Indian Summer sessions will probably fill up even faster.

"Our demand is up, but our supply is down," said Cathy Glasgow, the oak-filled park's recreation supervisor. Parents may find fewer options countywide, Glasgow believes.

Indian Summer is an Indian-themed day camp that stresses nature education along with arts, crafts, games and songs.

While Oak Canyon sessions were reported near capacity, a random survey of the camps listed in our guide (beginning on Page 10) showed that most are still accepting applications for summer.

Here is a sampling of summer programs available to children in Orange County. The list is not exhaustive, but represents a range of activities geared toward children during the school vacation months.

IRVINE FINE ARTS CENTER

Heritage Park

14321 Yale Ave.

Irvine

(714) 552-1018

Children are offered a kaleidoscope of arts classes ranging from playing with clay to painting with watercolors. Fees reflect both member and non-member status but classes are not restricted to Irvine residents.

Fun With the Arts

Preschoolers explore visual and performing arts through painting, drawing and music. Parental participation is encouraged.

Fee: $72 members, $80 non-members.

Ages: 3 to 5.

When: 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 30 through July 23.

Clay Play

Children gain tactile and creative learning experiences through the use of clay. Parental participation is encouraged.

Fee: $32 members, $35 non-members.

Ages: 3 to 5.

When: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Mondays, June 29 through July 20.

Clay Adventure

Young artists discover the medium of clay. Class includes both individual and group projects.

Fee: $36 members, $40 non-members.

Ages: 5 to 8.

When: 3 to 4 p.m. Mondays or Tuesdays, June 29 through July 28.

Art Works With Nature

Students explore nature and how it can be used in creating art. Children will work with mediums of collage, printmaking, drawing and painting.

Fee: $39 members, $43 non-members.

Ages: 7 to 9.

When: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, June 23 through July 21.

From Pencils to Pastels

Young artists experiment with pencils, paints and pastels in a variety of projects.

Fee: $41 members, $45 non-members.

Ages: 7 to 9.

When: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays, July 11 through Aug. 15.

Exploring Art

Students combine materials and mediums to create a mixed-media piece. Emphasis on developing technical skill, as well as an understanding of various art forms.

Fee: $36 members, $40 non-members.

Ages: 7 to 9.

When: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays, July 1 through July 29.

Drawing and Painting for Young Artists

Youths learn basics of art design using a variety of mediums. Both beginning and continuing students are welcome.

Fee: $44 members, $48 non-members.

Ages: 8 to 12.

When: 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 30 through July 23.

Creative Clay

Young artists explore casting clay design, clay throwing techniques and free play.

Fee: $45 members, $49 non-members.

Ages: 8 to 11.

When: 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, July 1 through Aug. 12.

Creative Clay II

Young teens make ceramic pieces using basic hand-building skills and wheel work. Both beginning and experienced students welcome. Fee: $45 members, $49 non-members.

Ages: 12 to 15.

When: 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. Thursdays, July 2 through Aug. 13.

Summer Photo for Teens

Teens learn to use a 35-millimeter camera. Instruction includes composition and darkroom techniques.

Fee: $50 members, $55 non-members.

Ages: 14 to 17.

When: 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays, July 2 through Aug. 6.

Watercolor I

Class emphasizes composition, color and creativity. A variety of styles and techniques will be explored.

Fee: $52 members, $57 non-members.

Ages: 8 to 11.

When: 3:30 to 5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, June 29 through July 22.

Watercolor II

Older students develop basic drawing skills and composition techniques. Class open to all levels of abilities.

Fee: $35 members, $38 non-members.

Ages: 11 to 14.

When: 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Fridays, July 10 through July 31.

Art of the American Indian

Learn about the life, customs and symbols of the American Indian culture. Students will create sand paintings, petroglyphs and coiled pots.

Fee: $36 members, $40 non-members.

Ages: 7 to 12.

When: 12:30 to 2 p.m. Thursdays, June 25 through July 23.

Summer Arts Camp

Mornings will be spent exploring art media and performance arts. Afternoons will feature art, recreation, films and visiting artists.

Sessions I & II

FULL PROGRAM

Fee: $190.

Ages: 6 to 10.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, weeks beginning July 27 and Aug. 10.

FULL PROGRAM WITH EXTENDED CARE

Fee: $225.

Ages: 6 to 10.

When: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, weeks beginning July 27 and Aug. 10.

HALF DAY

Fee: $105.

Ages: 6 to 10.

When: 9 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays, weeks beginning July 27 and Aug. 7.

Session III:

FULL PROGRAM

Fee: $105.

Ages: 6 to 10.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, Aug. 24 through 28.

FULL PROGRAM WITH EXTENDED CARE

Fee: $125.

Ages: 6 to 10.

When: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, Aug. 24 through 28.

HALF DAY

Fee: $65.

Ages: 6 to 10.

When: 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, Aug. 24 through 28.

ORANGE COUNTY

MARINE INSTITUTE

24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive

Dana Point

(714) 496-2274

Programs include cruises on a floating lab, field trips, snorkeling and boogie-boarding. Campers should bring lunches, swimsuits and towels each day. Register early for classes, class size is limited. Call for more information on other classes available this summer.

Sea Adventure Camp

Youngsters explore tide pools and the beach, conduct experiments aboard the Marine Institute's Floating Laboratory and visit the Sea Lion Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. Limited to 40 participants.

Fee: $141 a session.

Ages: 8 to 10.

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, weeks beginning June 29, July 6, 13, 20 and 27, and Aug. 3, 10 and 17.

Traveling Sea Adventure Camp

Students spend three days at the beach learning safety, snorkeling and boogie-boarding. Laboratory activities are also planned. Class limited to 40 participants.

Fee: $153 a session.

Ages: 10 to 13.

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays, weeks beginning June 29, July 6, 13, 20 and 27, and Aug. 3, 10 and 17.

Surf Science Camp

Surfing and boogie board instruction is blended with studies in oceanography.

Fee: $78 a session.

Ages: 13 to 15.

When: 7 to 11 a.m. Mondays through Wednesdays, weeks beginning July 13 and Aug. 3 and 10.

ORANGE COAST COLLEGE

2701 Fairview Road

Costa Mesa

(714) 432-5880

The College for Kids program at Orange Coast College offers a broad variety of classes for youths with the emphasis on sports, academics and arts. For information on academic or swimming classes, contact Orange Coast College at the number listed above. Some discounts are available for pre-registration in multiple sessions.

10th Annual OCC Summer Sports and Activity Camp

Activities include softball, track and field, volleyball, soccer and swimming. The nine one-week sessions feature a variety of awards, with ribbons for every participant. Early registration is recommended. Half-day camps offered in mornings or afternoons.

Fee: $45 half-day session, $80 full day.

Ages: 5 to 14.

When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1 to 5 p.m. or 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, weeks beginning June 15, 22 and 29, July 6, 13, 20 and 27, and Aug. 3 and 10.

Ninth Annual Boys' Basketball Camp

Camp topics include techniques of individual offense and defense and team league play. Special drilling sessions on passing, rebounding and shooting. The mental game of basketball will also be covered.

Fee: $79 per session.

Ages: 8 to 16.

When: 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, weeks beginning June 22 and 29.

Fifth Annual Lady Pirate Girls' Basketball Camp

Instruction highlights shooting, passing, rebounding and player-to-player principles. On-court skills and team games are blended with developing the mental aspects of the game.

Fee: $79 per session.

Ages: 8 to 16.

When: 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, weeks beginning July 6 and 13.

11th Annual Volleyball Camp

Players are divided into groups of similar ability levels, then emphasis is placed on technical skills required to become an accomplished player. Participants should bring a lunch. Fee: $79.

Ages: 12 to 19.

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday, July 24 through 26.

Fourth Annual Softball Camp for Girls

Students develop skills for fast-pitch softball, including batting, fielding and throwing techniques. Topics also cover strategies, rules and terminology.

Fee: $79 per session.

Ages: 8 to 16.

When: 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, weeks beginning July 6 and 20.

Coast Soccer Camp

Small group instruction to develop and refine technical skills. Beginning, intermediate and advanced levels of instruction.

Fee: $79 per session.

Ages: 12 to 20.

When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, weeks beginning July 6, 13 and 20.

SANTA ANA ZOO AT PRENTICE PARK

1801 E. Chestnut Ave.

Santa Ana

(714) 836-4000

The zoo offers an assortment of classes for children interested in animals. Tuition includes daily round-trip chaperoned bus transportation, a T-shirt, zoology notebook and field trip (excluding Junior Zoo Camp). Students must provide their own lunch. Sign up early; class size is limited. Registration for all sessions is exclusively through the community services departments at the following colleges:

Golden West College (714) 891-3991

Irvine Valley College (714) 559-3333

Orange Coast College (714) 432-5880

Rancho Santiago College (714) 564-6220

Junior Zoo Camp

Children experience daily tours of the zoo, animal contact, pond study and structured zoo games.

Fee: $70 per session.

Ages: 6 to 7.

When: 9 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays, weeks beginning June 29, July 6, 13, 20 and 27, and Aug. 3, 10 and 17.

Zoo Camp I

Zoo Camp I provides campers with field trips, games, zookeeping opportunities and laboratory activities. Each session also includes one full day at the Los Angeles Zoo.

Fee: $125.

Ages: 8 to 12.

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays and 9 a.m. to noon Fridays, weeks beginning June 29, July 6, 13, 20 and 27, and Aug. 3, 10 and 17.

Zoo Camp II

Campers focus on animal physiology and behavior through handling and caring for animals. A field trip to the San Diego Wild Animal Park highlights the week.

Fee: $140.

Ages: 10 to 14 (or campers who have completed Zoo Camp I).

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays, and 9 a.m. to noon Fridays, weeks beginning Aug. 3, 10, 17 and 24.

Animal Training in Zoos and Aquariums

Campers gain hands-on experience in the training of both natural and innovative behaviors. To highlight the week, students will attend a field trip to either the Los Angeles Zoo or San Diego Wild Animal Park. Pre-registration is required and early enrollment is strongly advised.

Fee: $90.

Ages: 12 through 15 (or campers who have completed Zoo Camp II).

When: 9 a.m. to noon Mondays through Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays, weeks beginning June 29, July 6, 13 and 27, and Aug. 3 and 10.

OAK CANYON NATURE CENTER

City of Anaheim Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department

200 S. Anaheim Blvd.

Anaheim

(714) 998-8380

Indian Summer 1992

Indian Summer is an outdoor educational experience held on the 58-acre park grounds that make up Oak Canyon. Campers participate in a variety of activities including nature hikes, Native American arts and crafts and games. The seven sessions cover a different nature topic each week. Walk-in registration will be accepted until all spaces are filled. Oak Canyon Nature Center is at 6700 Walnut Canyon Road in Anaheim.

Fee: $50 per session for Anaheim residents, $55 per session for non-residents.

Ages: 4 to 10.

When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, weeks beginning June 22, July 6 and 13 and Aug. 3 and 17.

CAMP FRASIER

8800 Irvine Center Drive

Laguna Hills

(714) 837-1200

Campers enjoy a multitude of programs on the grounds of the old Lion Country Safari. Swimming, horseback riding, sports, fishing and nature study are all offered on-site. Staff members are experienced in camping, teaching and organizing recreational activities. Special theme days and three overnight camp-outs are also planned. Transportation availability is subject to enrollment and fares are billed in addition to camp tuition. Check with the office for pick-up point locations. Extended day care is also available. These fees will be billed at the end of summer. Campers may purchase or bring lunch. Parents are encouraged to come by, or call for an appointment during the week, to visit the facilities.

Frasier's Tiny Kingdom

Campers enjoy a variety of programs at their own pace. Counselors have ECE (Early Childhood Education) or preschool education experience. Tuition includes daily swimming, special pre-camp activities, arts and crafts materials and snacks.

Fee: $22 per day.

Ages: 3.

When: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, weeks beginning June 22 and 29, July 6, 13, 20 and 27, and Aug. 3, 10 and 17.

Camp Frasier

Children can participate in all of Camp Frasier's activities, including horseback riding, water sports, and all-terrain vehicles. Protective helmets and leg-guards are provided. ATVs are confined to courses. Staff members closely supervise activities. Tuition includes all activities and snacks.

Fee: $31 per day.

Ages: 4 to 9.

When: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, weeks beginning June 22 and 29, July 6, 13, 20 and 27, and Aug. 3, 10 and 17.

Frasier's Club

The "Club" encourages togetherness and a sense of belonging in a non-competitive setting. Participants have access to all camp amenities as well as having access to the Wild Rivers theme park. Tuition includes all activities and snacks.

Fee: $31 per day.

Ages: 10 to 13.

When: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, weeks beginning June 22 and 29, July 6, 13, 20 and 27, and Aug. 3, 10 and 17.

Junior Counselor Program

A volunteer program for 14- and 16-year-olds with leadership potential who would like to develop these skills and become counselors-in-training. Many junior counselors become full-fledged counselors. Call the director of Camp Frasier for more information on this program.

GOLDEN WEST COLLEGE

15744 Golden West St.

Huntington Beach

(714) 891-3991

The College for Kids program at Golden West College offers a broad variety of classes for youths, with the emphasis on sports, academics and arts. For information on academic or swimming classes, please contact Golden West College at the number listed above.

Baseball Camp for Boys

Stresses the fundamentals of throwing, fielding, hitting and base running. Camp meets and plays on the Golden West College baseball field.

Fee: $55.

Ages: 8 to 12.

When: 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, weeks beginning June 22 and July 6, 13 and 20.

The Complete Player Basketball Camp

Lakers' player Jack Haley will conduct a week-long camp for boys and girls. The camp will focus on fundamentals, developing teamwork, sportsmanship and features NBA guest speakers. Students will be grouped according to age and ability.

Fee: $195.

Ages: 8 to 17.

When: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Aug. 3 through 7.

Tennis Camp for Boys and Girls

For beginning, advanced beginning and intermediate players. The camp will cover the basics of stroke production and rules. Participants will be grouped by age or level of play. Students must wear tennis shoes and provide own racquets.

Fee: $80.

Ages: 10 to 16.

When: 9 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, weeks beginning June 22, July 6 and 20, and Aug. 3.

Tennis for Tiny Tots

Children learn the basics of tennis through games and instruction. Emphasis is on developing hand-eye coordination. Students must wear tennis shoes and provide own "youth-size" racquets.

Fee: $38.

Ages: 4 to 7.

When: 9 to 10 a.m. or 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday or Sunday, July 11 through Aug. 16.

Tennis for Kids

Beginning instruction focuses on basic strokes. Students must wear tennis shoes and provide own racquets.

Fee: $49.

Ages: 8 to 9.

When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, July 12 through Aug. 16.

Tennis for Kids

Beginning tennis instruction for young adults. Participants must wear tennis shoes and provide own racquets.

Fee: $49.

Ages: 10 to 15.

When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, July 12 through Aug. 16.

Karate for Kids

Karate is a method of self-defense. This is a co-ed program using blocking, kicking and punching techniques. Students will be grouped according to age and ability.

Fee: $26.

Ages: 6 to 14.

When: 10 to 10:45 a.m. and 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 13 through Aug. 17.

UC IRVINE

Office of Teacher Education

Irvine

(714) 856-5117

The UCI Extension program offers children and youths a number of diverse opportunities to learn about the arts, develop creative skills and explore the worlds of math and science. These courses are held at middle school campuses in Orange County. Instructors are teachers and consultants in their respective fields. Students may enroll in both morning and afternoon classes. Discount fee of $415 for students enrolling in both writing and math workshops during the same session. Writing class students will also receive an anthology of student work. Enroll early, class size is limited.

Young Writer's Workshop

Students to revise, edit and publish their papers. Thinking and writing skills will be developed as a variety of workshop experiences and activities are used to generate ideas for writing.

Fee: $220 per session.

Ages: 7 to 16.

When: 9 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday, weeks beginning July 6 and 27 and Aug. 3.

Script Writing for Young Writers

Program is designed to teach children the difference between script writing and story writing. Each student will write a one-act play and have an opportunity to see some of his or her work performed on stage or videotaped.

Fee: $220 per session.

Ages: 8 to 12.

When: 9 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday, weeks beginning July 6 and 27 and Aug. 3.

Young Readers' and Writers' Workshop

Classwork focuses on the reading and discussion of literature. Students explore a variety of genres including poetry, short fiction and reflective essays, then create their own pieces.

Fee: $220 per session.

Ages: 12 to 14.

When: 9 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, July 8 through 23 and Monday through Thursday, Aug. 5 through 22.

Young Mathematicians'/Young Scientists' Workshop

Students develop thinking skills and discovery approaches through math and science. The program is structured to provide students with new methods of learning.

Fee: $235.

Ages: 9 to 16.

When: Noon to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 8 through 23 and Monday through Thursday, Aug. 5 through 22.

Young Mathematicians' Workshop

Students explore mathematics with lessons which will develop thinking skills and supplement their schools' curriculum.

Fee: $235.

Ages: 7 to 11.

When: Noon to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, July 6 through 23 and Aug. 3 through 20.

Young Mathematicians' Workshop

Instructors from the California Science Project and the Summer Science Institute will guide students through the science discovery experience using hands-on teaching methods.

Fee: $235.

Ages: 9 to 13.

When: Noon to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, July 6 through 23 and Aug. 3 through 20.

GOLDEN WEST SOCCER CAMP

P.O. Box 9262

Newport Beach

(714) 644-4771

Beginning and experienced players will receive training in techniques, tactics, teamwork and sportsmanship. Special goalkeepers sessions will be offered. Participants should arrive dressed in full soccer attire (i.e. jersey, shorts, socks and soccer shoes) and bring a ball. Full-day players should bring a sack lunch. All programs are co-ed.

18th Annual Golden West Soccer Camp

Campers work out daily at UC Irvine. Program includes warm-up and conditioning, drills, tactics, films, technique development and inter-squad play. Day campers receive hot lunches. A live-in program fee includes room and board. The extended day camp allows campers to stay until 8 p.m.

Fee: $375 for live-in, $175 for day camp and $275 for extended day camp per session.

Ages: 6 to 16.

When: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, weeks beginning July 6, 13, 20 and 27, and Aug. 3 and 10.

High School Soccer Camp

Academy is for high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors only. Players receive advanced coaching designed to increase their chances of playing college soccer. The live-in program fee includes room and board. The extended day camp allows day campers to stay until 8 p.m. Special goalkeepers sessions on July 12 through 17 (girls) and Aug. 2 through 7 (boys).

Fee: $375 for live-in, $175 for day camp and $275 for extended day camp per session.

Ages: 13 to 16.

When: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, weeks beginning July 6, 13, 20 and 27, and Aug. 3 and 10.

Golden West Soccer Camps at Other Locations

Geared for the younger player who wants to stay close to home but receive quality instruction. These day camps are located throughout Orange County and are geared for boys and girls ages 6 to 14. Students can attend half-day ($70 per camper) or full-day sessions ($110 per camper) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call Golden West Sports at (714) 644-4771 for list of soccer day camps.

Hat-Trick Tour 1992

Six teams will be selected to represent southern California in tournaments located in Denmark, Germany and Holland. Divisions will be boys under 14, 16 and 19 years old. For more information, call Golden West Sports at (714) 644-4771.

IRVINE COMMUNITY YMCA

SUMMER DAY CAMPS

4750-A Barranca Parkway

Irvine

(714) 552-9323

YMCA camps emphasize social values such as sharing, caring and cooperativeness. Several field trips, including Knott's Berry Farm, Wild Rivers and Disneyland are planned. Fees are per session. Financial assistance is available for needy families. Youths need not be YMCA members to attend.

Y-Frontier Club

Day camp activities will include beach trips, sports, crafts, hikes and creative dramatics. Campers will go on field trips to local points of interest and amusement parks. Register for as many one-week sessions as desired.

Fee: $85 YMCA members; $95 non-members.

Ages: 5 to 11

When: 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 22 through Aug. 28.

Y-Adventure Club

During each two-week session, campers will go bowling, roller skating, to the beach and attend an overnight campout. Register for as many sessions as desired.

Fee: $195 YMCA members; $215 non-members.

Ages: 10 to 13.

When: 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 22 through Aug. 28.

Y-Camp Arbolado

Highlights of this resident camp include a 40-foot ropes course, hiking trails, archery range and horseback riding. Other activities include soccer, volleyball, frisbee golf and canoeing. There will be eight to 10 campers in each cabin with a trained counselor.

Fee: $220 YMCA members; $240 non-members.

Ages: 6 to 12.

When: Saturday through Friday, Aug. 22 through 28.

Y-Camp Oakes

Resident campers will explore hiking trails, archery range and horseback riding. Sports include soccer, volleyball, frisbee golf and canoeing. There will be eight to 10 campers in each cabin.

Fee: $230 YMCA members; $250 non-members.

Ages: 8 to 12.

When: Saturday to Saturday, July 4 through 11.

Catalina Island Caravan

Five days of snorkeling, fishing and hiking at Little Fisherman's Cove on Catalina Island. Under the guidance of trained YMCA volunteers, campers cook their own meals and plan their own activities.

Fee: $160 YMCA members; $180 non-members.

Ages: 11 to 15.

When: 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday through Friday, Aug. 22 through 28.

Y-Camp Fox

A Catalina Island camp for teenagers. Campers can participate in waterskiing, sailing, snorkeling, hiking, volleyball, dances and campfires. Staff to camper ratio is 1 to 10.

Fee: $260 YMCA members; $275 non-members.

Ages: 12 to 17.

When: Monday to Monday, July 13 through 20.

YORBA LINDA YMCA

18333 Lemon Dr.

Yorba Linda

(714) 777-9622

Sessions feature outings to parks, beaches, museums and other local attractions. Extended hours from 7 to 9 a.m. and from 4 to 6 p.m. are available at no additional charge. Rates are based on two-week sessions.

Y-Wonders

Children participate in games, crafts and water play.

Fee: $100 YMCA members, $110 non-members.

Ages: 3 to 5.

When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 22 through July 3, July 6 through 17 and 20 through 31, Aug. 3 through 14 and 17 through 28.

Y-Discoverers

Campers enjoy games, swimming, sports and crafts. A field trip to a major theme park will highlight each of the six sessions. Fees include park admission costs.

Fee: $165 YMCA members, $180 non-members.

Ages: 5 to 9.

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 22 through July 3, July 6 through 17 and 20 through 31, Aug. 3 through 14 and 17 through 28.

Y-Adventurers

Adventurers travel each day to local attractions, beaches, zoos, museums and parks. Campers also participate in games, sports, crafts and swimming. Fees include park admission costs.

Fee: $170 YMCA members, $185 non-members.

Ages: 9 to 13.

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 22 through July 3, July 6 through 17 and 20 through 31, Aug. 3 through 14 and 17 through 28.

NEWPORT HARBOR ART MUSEUM

850 San Clemente Drive

Newport Beach

(714) 759-1122

Classes offer young artists a chance to explore the art on exhibit at the museum, as well as learn techniques to create in different mediums. Fees include cost of materials. Classes are open to the public.

Mini-Masters

Children explore working with clay and paints and create sculpture.

Fee: $25 per session for fine arts members, $35 non-members.

Ages: 2 1/2 to 5.

When: 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday or Wednesday and Friday, July 21 through 30 and Aug. 5 through 14.

Creative Clay

Children learn to work with clay. Emphasis on self-expression.

Fee: $30 for fine arts members, $40 non-members.

Ages: 5 to 12.

When: 10 to 11:30 a.m. or 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, July 22 through 31.

Drawing On The Imagination

Youngsters experiment with a variety of drawing techniques and collage materials.

Fee: $30 for fine arts members, $40 non-members.

Ages: 6 to 8.

When: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday, July 7 through 16.

Making Faces

Students work with paper sculpture and plaster to create masks.

Fee: $30 for fine arts members, $40 non-members.

Ages: 8 to 12.

When: 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday and Friday, July 8 through 17.

Wonderful Watercolor

Young artists learn to work with water colors to create landscapes and abstracts.

Fee: $30 for fine arts members, $40 non-members.

Ages: 9 to 13.

When: 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, July 7 through 16.

Look Into The Crystal Ball

Students use a variety of mediums to create self-portraits.

Fee: $30 for fine arts members, $40 for general public.

Ages: 6 to 8.

When: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday, Aug. 4 through 13.

Paint and Sculpt In The Spirit of Max Ernst

Students study the sculpture of Max Ernst, then create two- and three-dimensional art works of their own.

Fee: $30 for fine arts members, $40 non-members.

Ages: 9 to 13.

When: 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, Aug. 4 through 13.

SADDLEBACK COLLEGE

28000 Marguerite Parkway

Mission Viejo

(714) 582-4646

Saddleback College Community Education offers a comprehensive schedule of youth activities, ranging from day camps to swimming and math classes. Day camps take place on the Saddleback College campus. Registration for all youth camps began May 9. For more information on academic courses and class availability, please contact the college at the number listed above.

Summer Youth Day Camps

Eight one-week day camps, activities include sports, self-esteem projects, swimming and games.

Fee: $74 or $79 (for extended hours).

Ages: 5 to 12.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; weeks beginning June 22 and 29, July 6, 13, 20 and 27, and Aug. 3 and 10.

Aikido Youth Camp

Aikido is a modern Japanese martial art. Students will develop discipline, self-confidence and patience. Class is open to both novices and individuals with some training.

Fee: $29.

Ages: 5 to 10.

When: 9 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, July 13, 15 and 17.

Fee: $29.

Ages: 11 to 17.

When: 10:30 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday, July 13, 15 and 17.

Broadway Super Star Camp

This camp caters to students interested in musical theater. Participants will receive professional instruction in singing, dancing, acting and stage production. A performance highlights the end of each session.

Fee: $275.

Ages: 8 to 14.

When: 9 to noon Monday through Friday, June 22 through July 10 or July 13 through 31.

SCIENCE ADVENTURES

(800) 472-4362

Summer 1992 Science Day Camp

Science Adventures, based at the Fullerton Arboretum, offers weeklong science-themed day camps at 15 locations in Southern California, including sites in Fullerton, Laguna Niguel, Irvine, Orange, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Westminster, Dana Point, Costa Mesa, San Clemente and Buena Park. Camps, led by professional science instructors, include Space/Rocketry, Science Magic (chemistry), Science Alive (nature), Earth Explorers (earth sciences) and Kinderscience (a science introduction for ages 4 to 5). Not all classes are offered at all locations.

Fee: $85 per week for half-day sessions; $135 for full-day sessions (fees climb to $90 and $145 for registration after June 15. Discounts for additional child in family or more than one session).

Ages: 4 years to eighth grade.

When: 9 a.m. to noon for half-day; 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for full day. Weeklong sessions begin June 22 and 29, July 6, 13, 20 and 27, and Aug. 3 and 10.

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